Archive Show # 3 Barbara Barg & Jennifer Karmin

Barg at micBarbara Barg is an old white woman, cocktail waitress, typesetter, private investigator, document designer, house cleaner, help-desk specialist, software trainer, procrastinator, energy healer, drug addict, baby sitter, moving van driver, fiction writer, tour guide, singer, songwriter, neuro-tech enthusiast, drummer, personal organizer, pixie-dust sprinkler, dog walker, advice-giver, census taker, editor, political activist, web content writer, energy clearer, cigarette smoker, mentor, tuning forker, marketing assistant, meditation practitioner, encyclopedia salesperson, student of aquaponics, shoulder to cry on, qigong foot masseuse, film script writer, day dreamer, ice-cream truck driver, carnival worker, and poet. She currently teaches Pulse Poem Pulse (rhythm/tone/texture strategies for poets) online for Chicago School of Poetics.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Barbara Barg (born April 29, 1947) is a poet, writer, and musician.
Barg was born in Memphis, Tennessee and raised in Forrest City, Arkansas. After studying with poet Ted Berrigan at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, she moved to New York City and became involved in a number of individual and collaborative projects on the downtown poetry/music scene in the late 1970s-1990s. She performed frequently at venues like The KitchenBowery Ballroom, St Mark’s Poetry ProjectBowery Poetry ClubNuyorican Poets CaféFezCBGBLuna Lounge, Sidewalk Cafe’s The Fort, Mercury Lounge, Galapogos, The Sculpture Center, The Open Center, as well as One World Poetry Festival (Amsterdam) and The International Festival of the Poets (Rome). With writer Maggie Dubris she co-founded the all-women cult band “Homer Erotic” (1991 to 2000), which came to life during a lull in poetry readings in the early 90s. The group was composed of seven women interested in music and poetry as performative art forms. She has also performed with Pauline OliverosZ’EVJanene HigginsMonique Buzzarté and other experimental artists and musicians. Her poetry is attuned to notions of poetic ethnologies, and what she calls “voluntary evolution” (“evolution for the hell of it”) and “whatever other notion I get in my head”. Barg currently lives in Chicago, is on faculty at The Chicago School of Poetics, and is writing screenplays for Jump Room Films.[1][2]

Download: Obeying The Chemicals, with photos by Nan Goldin


Yield (with the band Homer Erotic, 1998 – Creme de la Femme)
Homerica the Beautiful (with the band Homer Erotic, 1999 – Bobby Previte’s Depth of Field label)
Calling You Home (with the band Coyote Poets of the Universe, 2008 – Square Shaped Records)
Holding Patterns (with the band Zanana, 2005 – Deep Listening )


J.Karmin - Revolutionary OptimismJennifer Karmin’s multidisciplinary projects have been presented across the US, Japan, Kenya, and Europe. Co-curator of the Red Rover Series, she is author of the text-sound epic Aaaaaaaaaaalice (Flim Forum Press). Her poetry is widely published, most recently in I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues Press), The &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing (Lake Forest College Press), and as Bernadette Mayer’s assistant on The Helens of Troy, NY (New Directions). She teaches in the Creative Writing program at Columbia College and at Truman College, where she works with immigrants and refugees.

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In Poets & Writers magazine:

“Go Ask Aaaaaaaaaaalice: Jennifer Karmin’s poetry and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.”

Jennifer Karmin’s 4,000 Words Project

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